Tuesday, March 13, 2012

What an incredible journey this has been. I am in awe of all that I have learned, all that I have processed through, all that I have been humbled by. This experience has been more than training for a marathon, more than the physical preparation... this has been the expansion of my heart... the continuation of my heart for Mitch to the hearts of many that are suffering from blood related cancers. This is a labor of love, a passionate endeavor to spread awareness and ignite a fervor to find a cure! (This is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in comparison to what Mitch endured... my vocabulary could never convey how minute this is to his battle [and the battle of SO many]... This, though, is not to downplay the hard work that it is for so many... a marathon is by no means an easy feat, I just don't want to put it in the same category as a dual with cancer...)

Last Saturday I struggled to get out of bed. My first thought was to curl up in my blankets and avoid hill training at all costs, but to no avail! My mind quickle turned to Mitch. I distinctly remember Mitch's determination even while weakened by this horrid disease. There was a time in Mitch's treatment where he was unable to qualify for treatment that would lead to the bone marrow transplant (and a hope for a cure)... his lungs were not cooperating as they were riddled with a form of pneumonia. He had but days to increase his lung's capacityand pass a respiratory test to continue onto treatment. Mitch held my hand and looked at his parents and I as he said that he has so much to fight for.. With tears in our eyes we belived that the Lord would perform a miracle. And He did. The doctors were less than encouraging that this would happen. Mitch wouldn't take this as the final conclusion...

Day after day Mitch would walk laps around the hospital floor with his amazing brother and father, IV drip machine in tote. Every time that he passed he would look into his room at his mother and I with a playful wink and smile... A memory that brings sweet tears to my eyes. The sound of his voice greeting me with a "hi, baby" as he passed helps me to almost feel his embrace and visualize the grey and black hoodie that he would often wear. When he wasn't pacing the halls of the hospital he was working so hard on the elliptical (while his dad would keep him company on the stationary bike). There they would have amazing intimate talks about how Mitch wanted to use his experience to bless others. Wow, what an amazing man... The strength of the Lord in him. I am so proud!!!

It was then time for the respiratory function test... I remember waiting with his incredible family with bated breath hoping for Mitch's triumphant victory! Mitch's numbers were significantly better! The mere fact that Mitch was able to function at the capacity that he was and train the way he did was a sweet miracle, so much so that the doctors couldn't even deny it.

This was but one of the miracles in Mitch's journey. One of the first was that I was blessed enough for him to choose me to come alongside of him for it. I cannot imagine my life without the selfless, unconditional exchange of his love and mine.

If Mitch can be sick, and carrying the burden that hospitalization, disease, taking care of others that were concerned about him, and he can go on rigorous walks and elliptical training (with an AMAZINGLY kind, sweet, selfless and loving demeanor) then I can stinkin' go on a run... a run. Seems to pale in comparison. But what is behind the run, the greater purpose, gives it substance. So I went...

I got out of bed, immediately after my feel hit the floor a friend texted me to say "I hope you crush your run!" Great encouragment that I needed... followed by an email notification of a sweet friend's donation! THANK YOU isn't enough!! Talk about confirmation that these efforts are done to bless others... I simply cannot give up! Mitch didn't. Many, many others don't.


On a side note I have decided to start another fundraising do-dad... I would love, love, love to bake cupcakes/cakes for any of your sugary needs (i.e. parties, dinner, benefits, your own personal tummy) for a possible donation. Pass the word my lovely friends!!! My friend Chris Meyer inspired me in her fundraising journey of doing this as well!!! She is AWESOME!

Here are the flavor options (or if you have any specific needs, wants, decoration preferences, etc. you can request that too!): (recipes compiled from Better Homes and Gardens source)


Vanilla, Cherry-Almond, Vanilla Chocolate-Peppermint
Orange Cream Pop, Boston Cream Pies, Mocha-Filled Banana
Neapolitan, Jelly-Filled Doughnut, Salted Caramel-Chocolate
Banana Split, Red Velvet, Cranberry Chai
Shamrock Milk Shake, Black Forest, Raspberry-Lemonade
Hot Fudge Sundae, Blueberry Muffin,Chocolate Chip Cookie
Root Beer Float, Cinnamon Roll, Confetti
Lemon-Drop, Lemon Meringue Pie, Gingerbread
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Twist, Pineapple-Carrot, Vegan Chocolate
Pumpkin, Sugar and Spice, Citrus Yellow


Banana Butter, Bittersweet Chocolate, Chai Cream
Champagne, Cherry-Almond Chocolate
Citrus, Buttercream, Cocoa Butter
Coffee, Buttercream Cream Cheese, Cream Cheese-Raspberry
Peppermint, Raspberry Dark Chocolate
Ganache, Grasshopper, Honey
Irish Cream, Lemon, Peanut Butter
Vanilla-Hazelnut, Vanilla, Vegan Chocolate
White Chocolate

If you would like to partake please email me at chels1331@hotmail.com with your:

Name: ________________________________
Date: ________________________________
Phone Number: ________________________________
Email: ________________________________

Cake/Cupcake: ________________________________
Frosting: ________________________________
Decoration/Embellishment Specifications: ________________________________
Allergies: ________________________________
Quantity: ________________________________
Date Needed: ________________________________

ALL of the proceeds will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (I am donating ingredients)... Woohooo!!!!

Friday, December 2, 2011


I have found a new love... yoga... It is a beautiful way to exercise but also to clear the mind.

I have found the most wonderful little yoga studio downtown, Lila Yoga.

The people there are absolutely incredible. They are so down to earth and kind, so kind... and the atmosphere is calming, tranquil, comforting and non-judgmental.

It is such a fantastic way to relax and live in the present as you learn how to enjoy the little moments in life and appreciate the greater ones!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

try, try again!

So after training with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society I was so motivated. Beyond the actual act of running I felt as though I was literally and figuratively running the race for a cure. A cure that could save thousands upon thousands the heartache and pain that Mitch felt (but no longer feels in the presence of our Savior!). And then...

Shin splints

Lack of funding

God's timing

I am not running the marathon in June. But do not fret, I will be transferring all of my funds to a later marathon! With proper training, fundraising and the same vigor I will run this race for the cure.

Today was the first day of trying it again. Trying to run on legs that I hadn't properly trained for distance! I will do it correctly this time! And I am EXCITED!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

this is it...

Today is the day! I say this pretty much everyday, but today is DEFINITELY the day! I need to start being serious about this whole training business or else I may literally die while attempting this marathon. So mark it... tonight I will run my little heart out, wheeze a little, and then bask in my victory over my out of shape, sloth-like nature.

Half of the battle is suppressing my desire to watch Hulu in the comfort of my roommate's plush recliner... But today health shall prevail as I triumph the treacherous treadmill (dramatic vocabulary, yes. But painfully accurate in my mind's eye). Perhaps I will compliment my workout with a sassy Zumba routine?

In all seriousness, working toward this larger goal is an endeavor to find discipline and balance in my life. I need to treat my body as the temple of the Holy Spirit and respect what the Lord has gifted me with. I desire for this to be a quest of acquiring health.

My heart longs to have the stamina to enjoy athletic activities like hiking and such without the insecurity of my lack of shape hovering over me. I pray that the Lord gives me His lens to look through at myself. That I would not make it about physical appearance and satiate my urge to be aesthetically pleasing. It is far greater than that. Glorifying my Daddy through physical fitness, obedience and self control is far greater than that...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

absolutely unsure

This page is dedicated to my adventures (and misadventures) in running...

I am so honored and blessed to be able to join the Team in Training group in working toward the goal of raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I will be participating in the Rock n' Roll Marathon in San Diego on June 5th of this year. Oy vey, I have so much work to do, but I am motivated for the cause. I pray that this can be but a small way to honor Mitch and bless those who have to endure such a difficult trial.

Now heres the catch... I hate running.

There it is, I said it...

Even worse is when it comes setting goals such as these I want INSTANT results. I tend to get frustrated when I set a goal and don't follow through with it. I need to realize that I will, by no stretch of the imagination, be able to run a marathon tomorrow. Now I know, this is ridiculous. Therefore, I will chronicle this journey as baby steps to a greater goal! Luckily I will be able to train at least once a week with my local Team in Training team to keep my accountable. I am scared out of my mind! There will be a lot of chaffing in my future!